The Friends Ambulance Unit in WW1 & 2

The Friends’ Ambulance Unit (FAU) was a volunteer ambulance service, founded by individual Quakers, in line with their Peace Testimony.  It operated during both World Wars and beyond, in many countries in Europe, Asia and Africa.

Sue Smith will talk about the FAU in both wars, and tell the stories of individual conscience and action in opposing war and preparations for war. 

This is the second in a series of five talks on the theme of “A Potpourri of History”. The other talks take place on: 9th January, 6th February, 20th February and 7th March. You may purchase tickets for individual events or for all five talks in the series for the reduced price of four.

The ticket price includes tea/coffee and cake after the talk. Advance booking is recommended but you can pay on the door (subject to availability). 

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Non-members £5

For non-members including members' guests

Available Tickets: 24
The Non-members ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.
Members £4

For members of Berkshire Family History Society

Available Tickets: 24
The Members ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.


23 Jan 2020


14:00 - 16:00


The Centre for Heritage & Family History


The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ


  • Sue Smith
    Sue Smith

    Sue Smith has a personal interest in the Friends Ambulance Unit and its history, as her parents were members in the Second World War. She gained a Masters in Historical Studies at Oxford University, and her dissertation focused on the conscientious objectors of Oxfordshire in the First World War. She lives in Oxford, and worked for Oxfam for 20 years.

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